Sandown hoping frost fear does not deter Douvan from Tingle Creek

• Willie Mullins chaser heads entries for what promises to be a thriller
• Special Tiara and Fox Norton among impressive list of challengers

Douvan, who has not seen a racecourse since losing his unbeaten record for Willie Mullins in the Queen Mother Champion Chase in March, heads the entries for what promises to be an outstanding renewal of the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park on Saturday – if the course can fend off the freezing temperatures which are forecast for south-west London on Friday night.

Douvan set off as the 1-4 favourite for the Champion Chase on the back of a 13-race winning streak which included wins at the Festival meeting in both 2015 and 2016. He could finish only seventh of the 10 runners in March, however, after an uncharacteristically sloppy round of jumps, and was subsequently diagnosed with a stress fracture of the pelvis.

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